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Embody Chair

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DESIGNED BY  |  Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber, 2008

So intelligent, sitting in it actually helps you think

Embody began with the recognition of a previously unsolved problem: the lack of physical harmony between people and their technology. Spending too much time interacting with our various devices, moving nothing but our fingers, can make us stiff and tired because our bodies are made to move. With Embody, designers Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber set out to solve this problem.

A New Benchmark

More than 20 physicians and PhDs in the fields of biomechanics, vision, physical therapy and ergonomics contributed their expertise to help guide the development of this chair. As a result, Embody has set a new benchmark for pressure distribution, natural alignment and support for healthy movement in ergonomic seating.

Pixelated Support

You feel Embody’s Pixelated Support the moment you sit down – a sense that you are floating, yet perfectly balanced. Thanks to a dynamic matrix of pixels, Embody’s seat and back surfaces automatically conform to your body’s micro-movements, distributing your weight evenly as you sit. This reduces pressure and encourages movement, both of which are key to maintaining healthy circulation and focus.

Backfit Adjustment

Embody’s back is designed like a human’s, with a central spine and flexible ribs. The Backfit adjustment allows you to position the backrest in line with your spine’s natural curve, so you achieve a neutral, balanced posture. Once the chair is tuned to fit you, the backrest adapts to your movement, adjusting automatically to your shifting positions. Whether you lean forward or recline, support remains constant.

Layers of Intelligence

The Embody seat consists of four different support layers – each with its own set of material properties and each created with a different manufacturing process, all working together, orienting themselves to your shape with a degree of fidelity so high they even accommodate pockets. These layers were designed for airflow, keeping you cool and comfortable as you sit.

Function you can see and feel

Form doesn’t just follow function with Embody. Function is on full display. Every part of the chair was designed to serve a very specific, health-positive purpose. Embody’s technology isn’t hidden – it is part of the aesthetic.

After years of research, design, building and testing – and then doing it all over again (and again) – the art of design and the science of seating came together perfectly to create Embody.

12 Years, 3 Shift


Embody Chair Brochure

Embody Adjustment Guide

Brand: Herman Miller

Designers: Bill Stumpf & Jeff Weber

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